Great Computer Monitors to Expand Your Screen

If you’re building a home office, a computer monitor is essential.

Computer monitor used to expand screen space.
A computer monitor makes it easier to see all your hard work.Tranmautritam/Pexels

If you, like a lot of people, spend a significant portion of your day or night hunched over a laptop screen, you’re probably used to the crunched shoulders and vision strain that comes with it. And if you’re doing intricate design work or coding, it’s easy to miss a tiny detail on a small screen. That’s why we recommend enhancing your home office setup with a computer monitor. Below, our advice on how to pick the right on for you.

Acer SB220Q bi 21.5 Inches Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Ultra-Thin Zero Frame Monitor (HDMI & VGA Port), Black

Compact Choice

At its narrowest, this display measures only 0.24 inches thick.Acer

Monitors can be very difficult to choose between; at their core, they’re really just a rectangular display, but they come with a boatload of different specifications that can get really confusing. These days, you can expect your monitor to be at least 1080p. These might have “1080p” listed, or they might describe the resolution as “1920 x 1080,” which means the same thing.

HP VH240a 23.8-Inch Full HD 1080p IPS LED Monitor with Built-In Speakers and VESA Mounting, Rotating Portrait & Landscape, Tilt, and HDMI & VGA Ports (1KL30AA) - Black

Can Go Vertical

This display can turn 90 degrees, so you can have it in a “tall” mode—perfect for coders.HP

You’ll want, of course, to make sure your computer can connect to whatever monitor you get. Modern monitors generally have a combination of two of the following ports: HDMI, VGA, USB-C, and DisplayPort. No matter what you have, you’ll be able to get your computer to connect, but you may have to get a special cable for it. When we’re talking 1080p monitors, you’ll want to use the HDMI port for higher quality graphics.

HP 24mh FHD Monitor - Computer Monitor with 23.8-Inch IPS Display (1080p) - Built-In Speakers and VESA Mounting - Height/Tilt Adjustment for Ergonomic Viewing - HDMI and DisplayPort - (1D0J9AA#ABA)

Larger Screen

With a blue-light mode, this product can shift its colors to reduce vision strain.HP

An important factor to consider with monitors is screen size. You absolutely should not go smaller than 21.5 inches; that’s the size to go with if you have a really small desk, or if you plan to use, say, your laptop screen along with the monitor. Really, you should go as big as you have space for: everything will be less compressed on the screen, giving you more space to work and less reason to squint.